After twenty races, the Abu Dhabi will be the final race of the year and will bring the 2018 season to an end.
All you need to know about the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday 25th November
- Race start time: 2:10 pm (CET)
- Venue: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mercedes as hungry as ever for success in Abu Dhabi
With both titles won by Mercedes, this has surely been a very memorable F1 season.
Mercedes has not lost a race at the Yas Marina Circuit since this venue’s debut back in 2009 and according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, the team will still do its utmost to win this race once more.
“The championship pressure is off, so we can look at this as one race where we can really go for broke,” he said.
However, Wolff is not expecting it to be an easy weekend for the world champions: “We know, too, that it will be a tough battle because both Red Bull and Ferrari will have the same target of taking good momentum into the winter,” added the Austrian.
Alonso to bid farewell to Formula 1
One of the best drivers in history will be ending his Formula One career on Sunday. His 17-year career was filled with remarkable success, with 313 starts in total making him the driver with the second-most number of appearances in Grand Prix history after Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
As reported by Stats F1, Alonso has had a total of 22 pole positions, 32 victories and two world championships making the Spanish driver one of the greatest drivers to ever race in Formula One.
“Abu Dhabi will certainly be a very emotional race for me, as it will be the end of a long and happy 17 years in F1,” Alonso said.
“The time has come for me to move on, but I’m looking forward to ending the season – and my F1 career – on a positive note.”
Daniel Ricciardo will have his last race with Red Bull
The Australian driver will be joining Renault next season after the Abu Dhabi race on Sunday which will mark his 100th start for Red Bull.
With Red Bull, this season Ricciardo managed to win the China and the Monaco GP.
However, Ricciardo’s 2018 season was constantly characterised by a number of mechanical failures forcing him to end most of his races unexpectedly. In total, he’s had 8 DNFs out of a total of 20 starts throughout the season and that’s approximately 40% of the races unfinished.
Now on Sunday, he will want to end the season on a positive note with a good performance in Abu Dhabi.
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